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 Friday, 6-February-2009  00:03:07 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

Google's new Latitude application has been strongly criticised by the privacy groups. Privacy watchdogs have strongly criticised Google's new Latitude software, which pinpoints the location of mobile phone users anywhere in the world. Touted as a means for friends and family to stay in touch, Latitude could easily be abused by as a way of spying on people and keeping track of their movements.

Apple's co-founder, Steve Wozniak has joined a new start-up company, Fusion-io. The three-year-old company, based in Salt Lake City, is expected to announce Thursday that Mr. Wozniak, already a member of Fusion-io’s advisory board, will become its chief scientist. “I have a pretty quiet life, and I like to watch technology evolve,” Mr. Wozniak said in an interview. “In this case, I like the people and the product, and said I would like some greater involvement.”

Shadow Communications Minister Nick Minchin has attacked the Rudd Government for spending extraordinary amounts of taxpayers’ dollars on websites. The most expensive, a Veterans' Affairs site that includes details of how to plan a trip to Gallipoli, was created at a cost $250,000. A site to communicate developments in accounting standard setting was created at a cost of $180,000, while another on collections and activities at the National Portrait Gallery cost $141,358. The much maligned Grocery Choice website cost $118,332 to create.

According to Nvidia, sales of their new GeForce 3D Vision 3D glasses are going through the roof. The boom in sales comes after the release of the World of Warcraft v3.0.8 patch, which adds support for the 3D glasses.

There is a new accessory for the PlayStation 3 called PS3 HD Plus PHE-01 which is an eSATA adapter that latches to the bottom the console to allow for external SATA hard disk connectivity and essentially unlimited storage capacity.

Electronic Frontiers Australia member Geordie Guy has apparently received a death threat. A DEATH threat has been made against a vocal opponent of the Federal Government’s web filtering plan in a grim escalation of the already heated debate. Online rights campaigner Geordie Guy received a threatening phone message last month after publicly disagreeing with an article supporting the filtering scheme. Thanks to Bundy for this story.

Nvidia will again play the re-naming game by officially re-naming the GeForce 9800GTX+ to GeForce GTS 250. The G92 Series will be officially renamed next month. According to our source, NVIDIA will announce the “new” GeForce GTS 250 graphics card on the first Tuesday of March when Cebit 2009 opens. The following is what NV says to its partners. “GeForce GTS 250 carries over the same specs and features of 9800 GTX+, and hence the same GPU, memory, board, PCB, and thermal solution. AIC’s should be confident in purchasing GPU’s, PCB’s, and other materials, since the only change is a new VBIOS to implement the new branding”
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